Category: OP-EDs by BU Professors

Solving the Middle East’s Refugee Disaster

July 30th, 2014 in 2014, Jill Goldenziel, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law 0 comments

The National Interest
By Jill Goldenziel, School of Law

The current policy conversation about redrawing the Middle East map ignores a long-term problem that must be part of the solution: Iraqi and Syrian refugees.As nearly three million Syrian refugees have sought UN assistance in neighboring states, and more than one million Iraqis have fled this year, the international community must act now to avoid a greater security crisis. Only the promise of a better tomorrow will keep refugees from joining the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. And if the United States and the UN can’t make that promise, we can bet that ISIS will…

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The Evidence Is In: Patent Trolls Do Hurt Innovation

July 25th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law 0 comments

Harvard Business Review “HBR Blob Network”
By James Bessen, School of Law

Over the last two years, much has been written about patent trolls, firms that make their money asserting patents against other companies, but do not make a useful product of their own. Both the White House and Congressional leaders have called for patent reform to fix the underlying problems that give rise to patent troll lawsuits…

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Guest Column: Linda Nathan on School Autonomoy

July 25th, 2014 in 2014, Linda Nathan, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Education 0 comments

LindaNathanWBUR “LearningLab”
By Linda Nathan, School of Education

A special job came with a singular special request: Get clarity on the issue of autonomy for Boston Public Schools. This was the essence of my assignment for most of a year for the Boston School Superintendent…

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POV: Where is Europe while Ukraine burns?

July 24th, 2014 in 2014, BU Today, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Ukraine-Russia-Crimea, William Keylor 0 comments

KeylorBU Today
By William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences

A European Union policy last year is at the root of the Ukrainian conflict that saw last Friday’s horrific downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane (by pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists, according to the United States). The Union offered Ukraine an “association agreement” designed to tighten the political and economic links between the two parties…

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The truth about school lunch: Kids like salad bars

July 21st, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Boston.com, Joan Salge Blake, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Sargent College 0 comments

Joan-Salge-Blake1Boston.com “Nutrition & You Blog”
By Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

When Mellissa Honeywood took the job as the Director of Food and Nutrition Services for the Cambridge Public Schools, she took the chicken nuggets off the menu and added garlic chicken served with whole grain pasta in order to meet the new nutrition standards for school lunches…

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FDA Warning: Avoid Pure Caffeine Powder

July 21st, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Boston.com, Joan Salge Blake, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Sargent College 0 comments

Joan-Salge-Blake1Boston.com “Nutrition & You Blog”
By Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

The FDA is warning consumers to avoid powdered pure caffeine, particularly, the variety being sold in bulk bags over the Internet. These products are essentially 100 percent caffeine. One teaspoon of pure caffeine is roughly equivalent to the amount in 25 cups of coffee. The FDA is aware of at least one death of a teenager, thus far, who had used these products…

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LETTERS: TB Programs Need Money

July 21st, 2014 in 2014, John Bernardo, New York Times, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Medicine 0 comments

New York Times (subscription required)
Co-written by John Bernardo, School of Medicine

Polly J. Price’s portrayal of the effect of drug-resistant tuberculosis in the United States is prophetic…

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Guest blog: Charting collaborations in autism research

July 18th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Helen Tager-Flusberg, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

tagerflusbergSFARI: Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
By Helen Tager-Flusberg, College of Arts & Sciences

Science is, at its heart, a collaborative process. This is especially true for research addressing complex problems, and autism is certainly complex. For example, to tackle fundamental questions about causes and to move toward targeted treatments, we need to collaborate across disciplines. Another key reason to collaborate is that autism’s enormous heterogeneity requires large samples that can only be obtained by pooling data collected by multiple teams…

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Where is the data?

July 14th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

zaman-new-profile-picThe Express Tribune
By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Someone asked me recently, what is the population of Pakistan? 180 million — I said, with some confidence. How did I know that? Well, quite frankly, I didn’t. I guessed it based on the estimates being thrown around. The authenticity of estimates, mind you, by non-governmental organisations, international NGOs and other ‘websites’, is quite dubious…

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Are You Cheating on Your Heart With Cheese?

July 14th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Boston.com, Joan Salge Blake, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Sargent College 0 comments

Joan-Salge-Blake1Boston.com “Nutrition & You Blog”
By Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

I’ll admit it. I love cheese. I eat it almost daily, and serve it whenever I have friends over. It appears I am not alone in my love affair of cheese…

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